Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Refiners, manufacturers still hate cap-and-trade for carbon

Manufacturers, oil refiners, and other business groups really, really, really don't want the state of California to cap carbon emissions and enable trading for them.

One vote remains before electric bills rise in Los Angeles

A vote next week is all that stands between Angelenos and higher electricity rates. An LA City Council committee unanimously approved a Department of Water and Power plan to raise rates, sending the issue to the full council next week.

County greens up LA river's headwaters (Know where that is?)

It’s not much to look at, the place where Bell Creek and Calabasas Creek join. But the curved “V”s of concrete represent the LA River’s headwaters.

What KPCC reporters do with old batteries

KPCC's reporters have a mixed record when it comes to battery recycling.

City Council takes on DWP's plan for higher energy rates

So this is it: just a few appearances left before the L.A. City Council, and soon customers of the L.A. Department of Water & Power could see slightly bigger bills.

Ratepayer advocate backs DWP power rate hike

The L.A. Department of Water and Power will ask the City Council to ok higher electricity rates. After a divisive battle last time, the mood now is different.

Why kelp stranded high on a beach is good for coastal ecology

In Malibu on Wednesday, scientists will present a workshop on why you might want to see piles of seaweed left on public beaches.

Song of the Week: Trapped Under Ice Floes, for Shell in the Arctic

The song "Trapped Under Ice Floes" by Plus/Minus speaks to Shell's dampened hopes for the 2012 summer drilling season in the Arctic circle.

Don't sit on your couch: California tackles flame retardants

Halogenated flame retardants are pretty much everywhere in the industrialized world — and a growing body of research has pointed to many impacts.

Food Fight: GMO ballot measure cooks up debate

The Golden State could be the first in the country to require food manufacturers to label all raw and processed food with information about its genetics.

Coastal Cleanup Day swells; more sites inland and underwater

Heal the Bay organizes most of the massive volunteer effort in LA County. Last year Californians picked up almost 700,000 pounds of trash.

LA bike culture cruises into fall with Tour de Fat, CicLAvia

If you've never been at Tour de Fat, it's a kind of insanely fun event, whether you know your way around truing a wheel or not.

Telecoms sign $12 million settlement over Malibu Canyon fire

When Santa Ana winds swept through Malibu Canyon in October of 2007, they knocked over three utility poles sparked a fire over 4,000 square acres.

DWP holds its water rate plan back for more study

DWP's general manager, Ron Nichols, acknowledged that ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel’s job policing water rates is going to take several more months than planned.

DWP energy rates move forward; water rate debate stalls

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has approved an energy rate hike of about 5 percent for most residential customers. The LA City Council will now weigh in on the plan, which would raise rates on commercial customers around 11 percent.